University’s honour for cancer prof

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ONE of the world’s most eminent biological scientists has been honoured in the Capital for his contribution to the development of cancer vaccines.

Professor Ian Frazer has received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Edinburgh University in recognition of his part in the creation of the cervical cancer vaccine.

The honour meant Prof Frazer returned to the city where he trained and honed his knowledge as a clinical immunologist.

He was educated at George Watson’s College and trained as a physician and clinical ­immunologist at the University of Edinburgh.

In 1981 he emigrated to the Australian city of Melbourne to pursue further studies in viral immunology and autoimmunity at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, later taking up a teaching post at the University of Queensland, where he established the Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research.

Prof Frazer is chief executive officer and director of research of the Translational Research Institute (TRI) Pty Ltd in ­Brisbane and heads a team of more than 650 researchers.